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Things to do in Sydney this weekend

Find all the best events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Naked people with body paint and bikes at World Naked Bike Ride.
Photograph: Supplied

Just can’t wait for the weekend to begin? Neither can we. That’s why we’ve prepared a fabulous Friday to Sunday itinerary, so you can plan ahead and make the most of your leisure time.

There are spectacular theatre shows, interactive art adventures and active sporty escapades. If you just want to kick back and relax, spend your mornings double ordering at the best breakfast spots in Sydney, your days lounging in the city’s best parks, and your evenings at our award-winning bars.

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Carmen Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour 2017 Opera Australia 2013 production still 02 photographer credit James Morgan
Photograph: James Morgan
Theatre, Musicals

West Side Story on Sydney Harbour

icon-location-pin Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney

If you're not a musical theatre nut, here's what you need to know about West Side Story: it premiered on Broadway in 1957 and was a modern day take on Romeo and Juliet, with warring families replaced by warring New York gangs. See it all on the spectacular Sydney Harbour stage.

Garth Knight 107 projects 2019 supplied
Garth Knight, 'Arachne 5'

Garth Knight: Tension (Between Being Constrained and Being Connected)

icon-location-pin 107 Projects, Redfern

Naked within a huge, intricate web, a human body hangs suspended. A druid-like figure tenderly works his subject deeper into the knots. The strain of this endeavour is clear in both the consenting subject and artist. Contradictions of power are at the heart of Garth Knight's practice, the shamanic craftsman behind a new exhibition at 107 Projects in Redfern.

A couple looking at a stall with the vendor at Sydney Vegan Mark
Photograph: Supplied
Things to do, Markets

Sydney Vegan Market

icon-location-pin The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

Sydney Vegan Market brings together 100 stalls selling 100 per cent plant-based food and drink, homewares, fashion, art and cosmetics from some of the biggest names in cruelty-free shopping. The set up at the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park offers a full day of eating, shopping, activism and education.

Fierce Old Fitz Theatre 2019
Photograph: Steve Christo
Theatre, Drama


icon-location-pin Old Fitzroy Theatre, Wooloomooloo

There’s never been a better time to be a woman in sport, but there’s still a distinct lack of mainstream media coverage of female competitions. Jane E Thompson's newest Fierce, explores this gender bias and the battle for equality, taking place in a world where the women play in the same league as men.

Hot Blood White Rabbit 2019
Jiu Society, 'Jiu Bobo' (still), 2015, video, 1 min 20 sec

Hot Blood

icon-location-pin White Rabbit, Chippendale

White Rabbit Gallery promises their latest exhibition is “not for the faint of heart”. Bringing together 23 contemporary artists, all of whom are unafraid of taking risks and refuse to be limited by gender, age or national identity, the works explore subjects as diverse as sexual desire, body frailty, spiritual ecstasy and traumatic memory. 

The Choir of Man on stage
Photograph: Brian Wright

The Choir of Man

icon-location-pin Sydney Opera House, Sydney

Nine bearded blokes will belt out harmonies from the likes of Guns N’ Roses, Adele, the Proclaimers, Sia and the odd Broadway classic, accompanied by tap dancing, arm wrestling, beer mug percussion and friendly banter about the importance of spaces for men’s mental health.

The Appleton Ladies' Potato Race Ensemble Theatre 2019
Photograph: Christian Trinder

The Appleton Ladies' Potato Race

icon-location-pin Ensemble Theatre, Kirribilli

#TimesUp meets the Country Women’s Association in this play by Melanie Tait, which is based on her experiences growing up in the Southern Highlands. A small town's new GP decides to coax the fictional town of Appleton into the 21st century, starting with equal prize money for all genders in an annual race. 

Collectors Space Art Month Sydney 2019 supplied image
Courtesy the artist, Bett Gallery, Hobart and Michael Reid Sydney & Berlin.

Collectors Space

icon-location-pin 541 Art Space, Sydney

Want a peek at some of Sydney's most intriguing private collections of art? That's what Collectors Space is all about. This year's exhibition is curated by Georgia Hobbs and features work from the collections of Sydney's powerhouse creative duos as part of Art Month.

Janet Laurence: After Nature Museum of Contemporary Art 2019
Image courtesy the artist

Janet Laurence: After Nature

icon-location-pin Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), The Rocks

Janet Laurence has made a career as an “environmental artist”, creating installations that respond to and utilise the natural world as key artistic elements. This major survey at the MCA features installations, sculpture, photography and video, with key works from across the course of her 30-year career. 

Every Brilliant Thing Belvoir 2019
Photograph: Daniel Boud
Theatre, Drama

Every Brilliant Thing

icon-location-pin Belvoir St Theatre, Surry Hills

This solo performance is about a person who, as a child, started compiling a list of every brilliant thing in life, in an attempt to bring their mother out of depression. Now 20 years later, they're still compiling the list. It's previously been performed by men, but Kate Mulvany will take it on at Belvoir St Theatre.

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Koala at Sydney Wildlife Zoo
Photograph: David Berkowitz
Attractions, Wildlife centres

Where to see animals in Sydney

You might feel that this concrete jungle hasn’t got much to offer in terms of animal inhabitants. But we say neigh; there’s many a stable, sanctuary, zoo or harbour beach that houses wildlife in Sydney. And there's plenty of opportunities for animal cuddles.

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